Monday, 18 February 2013
It is finished.
When Jesus was hanging on a cross, ring of thorns digging into his head, nails in his hands and feet, He said "It is finished" and he died.
I've never truly thought about the weight these words carry before. Think about it. If someone declares something is finished, in order for it to truly end there, that person must have authority. Take for example a nursery school setting, the children are having dinner, and one of the two year old girls stands up and says "it is finished". Do all the adults and other children pack away, because the small child has said that dinner time is finished? No, of course not. But if the person who says it has authority (such as if an adult said it) then that is respected and taken as correct, because that person is thought to know what is correct.
Jesus died, he said "It is finished." These words, surely, can only mean anything to you if you believe in the authority Jesus' death has, and the authority Jesus had over everything around him. Jesus healed, he had authority over sickness. Jesus brought people back from the dead and was resurrected himself, he had authority over death. Jesus split 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed 5,000 men and their families, he had authority over nature. Jesus fulfilled the law, he didn't sin, he had authority over the law. Why did Jesus have authority? Because he was the Son of God, the Messiah, the light in the darkness, the lamb who was slain.
These words, I believe, can have a powerful affect on us today, in our day-to-day lives, but only if we believe Jesus had the authority over everything, and we submit to him, giving him authority in our lives. Everyday we struggle with sin, we battle with our desires, our temptations and our distractions. But everyday, we have God dwelling in us, we have God's strength working through us - providing we let him.
Some sins, some wrongful thinking, some distractions in our lives seem to be forever present. It feels like no matter how hard you fight, they never get much better. Well, recently Jesus has shown me that he said "It is finished.", even about those things. Even about the things we struggle with day after day after day. These things were nailed on the cross with Jesus. These things are finished.
I'm trying to claim this daily, sometimes more than daily. That yesterday/today/tomorrow, Jesus has the victory, he has said "It is finished." That he has authority over sin and that yesterday/today/tomorrow I am free because of that victory. Some days it is hard to remember, some days its a fight to believe it, but Jesus has victory over that fight too!
There will be easy days, there will be difficult days, but God says "We will fight", not "You will fight", because God will never leave you or forsake you. He has amazing plans for you, and they are plans for good. He will never rush you because he is patient, and he will never give you more than you can handle.
Just think about it. "It is finished." What is Jesus telling you he has the victory over?